Moonage Daydream is, unfortunately, the only widely-acclaimed David Bowie song that plays in my head without prompting. The other songs that play are in this playlist. They’re not that well-known or, quite frankly, good, but they’re permanently etched in my mental playlist.
Were it other artists, hearing these songs would be a chore, but they’re David Bowie’s. Bowie, whose career spanned half a century, brought gender fluidity to the public consciousness, and made scifi somewhat sexy; who influenced generations of artists and people who previously had no interest in creation,
They’re all David Bowie’s, the spaceman who I, like many others, stumbled into and was entranced by as a teenager. While I can’t claim that I have the same encyclopedic insight as these other then-teenagers have of him, I can say that his discography made up the chunk of my pubescent music library and was the soundtrack of many unfinished experiments into post-modern poetry.
Bowie is also my secret joy. Like, not in a creepy way, but more like in a ‘I don’t wanna talk about it much because this is an alone time thing’ kind of secret joy way which isn’t better, truthfully. Bowie’s… I don’t know, myth made flesh, glam turned human, a piece of history enshrined in bones and chromatic hair. He still is and always will be, the Starman.
I haven’t cried about a celebrity since Eddie Guerrero and Heath Ledger, it’s kind of embarrassing.
– Moonage Daydream
– Memory of a Free Festival
– Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud
– After All
– Andy Warhol
– Speed of Life
– Look Back in Anger
– I Took a Trip on a Gemini Spaceship
– Pablo Picasso
– Bring Me the Disco King
– (You Will) Set the World On Fire
– Five Years